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Dozens of Bragg soldiers home in time for holidays

Posted November 30, 2011
Updated December 1, 2011

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— There's no place like home for the holidays, especially for soldiers who have spent the past year in Iraq.

About 60 Fort Bragg soldiers returned to North Carolina Wednesday night, while all troops prepare to come home by the end of the year.

For Jessica Hall, the waiting has been hard. So much has changed since her husband, First Lt. Christian Hall, deployed with the Headquarters 20th Engineer Brigade to Iraq in January. 

"The first two weeks felt like a month. They went by very, very slowly," she said.

But weeks turned to months, and in April, while her high school sweetheart and husband was home on leave, Jessica Hall gave birth to the couple's first child – a daughter.

After a week together, the new parents had to separate again as Christian Hall returned to Iraq.

On Wednesday, mother and daughter anxiously waited to welcome their hero home.

"I'm not really nervous, but I have the butterflies going and everything. It's very exciting. We miss him a lot," Jessica Hall said about 30 minutes before she was able to run into her husband's arms for the first time in six months.

When the soldiers finally marched in to see their eagerly waiting families, the room exploded in a frenzy of hugs, kisses and tears.

Jessica Hall and baby Family anxiously awaits Bragg soldier's homecoming

The emotions were still sinking in for Christian Hall as he held his daughter once again.

"I really didn't feel like I was coming home until we were on the place, coming down, and I was like, 'Wow, it's here already,'" he said.

"It was overwhelming," Jessica Hall said. "I was crying, of course."

Christian Hall's brigade will be home with their families for at least 12 months before they'll be eligible for deployment again.

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  • curtandbritt13 Dec 1, 2011

    I am paitently waiting for my husband to come home from Iraq.My two children 4 and 2 keep asking if santa is bringing him home and unfortunately it will be in january.It will be a bitter sweet moment for the 805th MP Co. out of cary with the loss of spc.Lucas Elliott who was my husbands best freind.I hope everything goes smooth I can have him home soon.Merry Christmas to the wives/husbands who get to spend christmas with their soilder. God bless our troops!!

  • someoneovertherainbow Dec 1, 2011

    I'm glad my cousin Christian is home now! We love you!

  • wildcat Dec 1, 2011

    THEY ALL GIVE ENOUGH THAT ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE TORTURE TO ME.

    Learn to have a little patience. They are at home, so a few more seconds will kill no one. Just be thankful they are back. Oh, you can certainly thank our President Obama for the return home. PLEASE REMEMBER TO VOTE FOR HIM IN THE UP COMING ELECTION. THANKS.

  • elizadushkufan85 Dec 1, 2011

    What a wonderful story!!!!! Merry Christmas

  • martha4 Dec 1, 2011

    I AM SO GLAD T OSEE OUR TROOPS RETURNING, AND SO PROUD OF THEM. BUT I JUST HATE THE CRUEL WAY THEY ARE MARCHED OFF IN FORMATION AND MARCHED AROUND BEFORE THEY ARE ALLOWED TO GO TO THEIR FAMILIES. I CAN SEE THEM COME OFF IN AN ORDERLY FASHION, BUT FOR PETE SAKES SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN GONE FOR A YEAR OR MORE AND YOU MAKE THEM AND THEIR PRECIOUS FAMILIES WAIT MORE. THEY HAVE SUFFERED ENOUGH. LET THEM GO STRAIGHT TO THEIR FAMILIES. THEY ALL GIVE ENOUGH THAT ALWAYS LOOKS LIKE TORTURE TO ME. THANK YOU TROOPS FOR ALL YOUR SERVICE TO YOUR COUNTRY - THANKS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!!!

  • Go Figure Dec 1, 2011

    Heartwarming..so glad they get to come home and be with families. May the rest of our servicemen/women ALL come home. Merry Christmas.

  • Worland Dec 1, 2011

    Here's to the memory of the 1217 troops that have died in Afghanistan during Obama's surge... and the 630 troops who gave their lives in Afghanistan in 8 years of combat under GW. Democracy and freedom are a gift to those who have never known it, paid for in blood.

  • bettyboop40 Dec 1, 2011

    Welcome Home Troops and thank you for serving!

  • ctnorris2011 Dec 1, 2011

    Great story, welcome home troops and thank you for all that you have done for our country. May God Bless and keep all those that remain, safe until they can come home to their families.

  • The7thSeal Dec 1, 2011

    Has the GOP and the conservatives blame President Obama yet for bringing the troops home and making the world an unsafe place for Democracy and Captalism?I'm just asking.

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